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THE NAKED APE: Exploring the science and cultural evolution of human psychology, behavior, cognition, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, and consciousness. (Uh, did I miss anything?)

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Welcome to THE NAKED APE

Those who’ve know me for some time know that I have a moderately strong interest in human consciousness and psychology. Although mind and body cannot exist without one another – and indeed they shape one another – it does seem that the very core of the human experience of ‘self’ exists in the brain alone.

We all know that much of the functioning and maintenance of our body is controlled covertly by the brain or by biological systems that work beneath our threshold of awareness. We do not consciously decide to sweat, or digest our food, or replace our cells.

And yet, in spite of the fact that we know this, we still cling to the illusion that the functioning of our thoughts, our decisions, our perceptions, our preferences, our memories, and our reasoning are under our direct, conscious control.

But neuroscience and psychology are now showing us that this simply is not the case—that the processes of mind and awareness function just as covertly as our biological systems.

That fascinates me!

How is it that the mind – that place of concealment – is also the one place in which awareness itself is known to exist?

The truth is that we don’t know ourselves as well as we’d like to believe. We don’t control our decisions, our perceptions, our motivations, or our memories as well as we think we do.

THE NAKED APE was created to explore these important topics. I welcome any post on human psychology, behavior, cognition, perception, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, and consciousness.


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Gestalt psychology

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Paul Bloom: The Psychology of Everything

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Comment by Doone on Saturday

Homo luzonensis: New human species found in Philippines via

Comment by Doone on Friday

Our Neanderthal complex - what if our ancient ice age relatives did “human” better? Image by Klaus Pichler

Comment by Doone on April 11, 2019 at 8:59pm

Our new publication "Blue Arabia, Green Arabia: Examining Human Colonisation and Dispersal Models".

Comment by Doone on April 11, 2019 at 8:57pm

Multiple Deeply Divergent Denisovan Ancestries in Papuans

Comment by Doone on April 10, 2019 at 3:12pm

New Human Species from 50.000 years ago Chris! of ancient human discovered in the Philippines

Dubbed Homo luzonensis, the species is one of the most important finds that will be out in the coming years, one scientist predicts.

Comment by Chris on April 3, 2019 at 4:00pm

There was a guy I unfortunately worked with who had at the time 7 children (age 35).  He said they weren't his children they were gowds children.

Had he 'married his wife at age twelve he and her would likely have had 50 children - if  his phylosophy continued their may have been a thousand grandkids.

People have told me that I'm  the selfish one - for not wanting children.

Comment by Doone on March 30, 2019 at 8:51am

The Evolution of Woman - Illustration by Eduardo Saiz Alonso

Comment by Doone on March 28, 2019 at 9:11pm

Palaeohydrological corridors for hominin dispersals in the Middle East ∼250–70,000 years ago (2016)

Comment by Doone on March 24, 2019 at 12:09am

Why Human Speech Is Special: Evolutionary changes in both the vocal tract and the brain were necessary for humans’ remarkable gift of gab via

Comment by Doone on March 19, 2019 at 10:19am

From the archives: Neanderthals and Denisovans may have supplied some modern humans with genetic variants that let them thrive in new environments.


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